Last reviewed 10 June 2021

Deloitte has carried out a survey of nearly 1250 UK workers, aged between 16 and 75, to examine their attitudes towards sharing their personal health information with employers.

Almost half (46%) said that they would be prepared to share their personal health data so that their employer could improve their wellbeing at work.

A quarter (26%) of employees said that they would be comfortable with their employer monitoring their personal health data in order to provide improved wellbeing support.

Furthermore, 33% workers say that monitoring employee health data collected from devices is acceptable, with 37% agreeing that monitoring health data collected from devices would prove their employer was committed to improving workplace wellbeing.

A similar number (36%) said that they are in favour of sharing data on their stress levels with their employers and would be willing to provide data on their physical health.

However, Will Gosling, human capital consulting leader at Deloitte, warned employers against taking decisions that force employees to share this information.

“Employers must clearly communicate when they are collecting data, how it will be used and provide workers with the opportunity to opt into these support programmes,” he advised.

Mr Gosling also highlighted that the survey results show that half (49%) of workers believe their personal health data is “none of their employer’s business” and almost as many think their organisation should not be able to monitor their personal health data, even if this did result in improved wellbeing support.